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Kaesong RFID system expected to be operational in early 2014: source

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- A wireless scanning system that would facilitate the cross-border movement of people and materials to and from the inter-Korean factory park in Kaesong is expected to be set up in early 2014, an official source said Monday. The unification ministry official said work to set up the system should begin next week, with the aim of getting it operational by the end of the year. However, the radio frequency identification tag (RFID) system will probably be in working order early next year, taking into account possible delays, the official added.

Regulator puts conditions on Honeywell's Intermec purchase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Friday cleared Honeywell International's proposed purchase of mobile computing device maker Intermec on the condition that Honeywell license key patents used to make scanners. The Federal Trade Commission will require Honeywell to license patents critical to the manufacture of two-dimensional bar code scanners, resolving charges that the deal would be anti-competitive. (Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

High-tech tombstones let loved ones live on, virtually

Rick Miller kneels in front of a grave and uses his cell phone to scan a small barcode on a tombstone. Within seconds, he's looking at photos and videos of a lost loved one. But that's not all. Without leaving this vast cemetery in a suburb of Philadelphia, he can listen to the deceased's favorite music, read remembrances, write in a guest book and even share pictures and feelings on Twitter or Facebook. Here at Sunset Memorial Park, everyone equipped with a smartphone or tablet can do the same, provided they download the proper app.

System aims to automate transcription of historic manuscripts

Valencia, Spain, May 6 (EFE).- Spain's Polytechnic University of Valencia is leading a consortium of European institutions to develop a new system of optical recognition that would allow for rapid machine-aided transcription of historic manuscripts. The goal, tranScriptorium project coordinator Joan Andreu Sanchez told Efe, is creation of a prototype to prove "how automatic and interactive techniques already in development could be used in a real environment" to transcribe documents dating from as early as the 15th century. Such work is currently done manually.

Exclusive: Roper nears $1 billion healthcare acquisition - sources

By Soyoung Kim NEW YORK (Reuters) - Diversified manufacturer Roper Industries Inc <ROP.N> is in advanced talks to buy Managed Health Care Associates, a privately held healthcare services provider, for about $1 billion (656 million pounds), two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. A deal could come as early as next week, according to the people, and would add to Roper's existing medical business, which the diversified industrial company has grown through acquisitions in the past few years.
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